Ninety days is the figure that was repeated throughout 2019, whenever it came to appraising the R-Motorsport Aston Martin squad's first season in the DTM. The number relates to how long it took R-Motorsport to go from an odd artistic demonstration of the car's silhouette pre-season to placing four Aston Martin Vantage DTMs on the grid at the Hockenheim season opener.
Now, it's managed to get itself back into a similar position ahead of 2020. At the time of writing, it at least has the buffer of just over 140 days until next year's first race weekend at Zolder. But this time, it doesn't have an engine. That's been promised in the "coming weeks", as it was several weeks ago, and Autosport was told there were "multiple options".
R-Motorsport is now stuck between a rock and a hard place this off-season. Should it have stuck with engine builder HWA, despite a season in which reliability was awful, became respectable, and then deteriorated again? Or was it right to split ways - even though they are joined under the Vynamic banner - and chance its arm elsewhere?